Psychometric Test Tips

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Psychometric Test Tips

Psychometric tests have come to supplement or replace the traditional interview. There are many advantages to using psychometric tests as a sift for selection purposes in place of an inherently biased selection interview process. Once again, psychometric test relies upon a solid foundation of following best practice in psychometric test use.

Psychometric Test Trends

Pre-employment tests are used by many companies as a standard part of the recruitment process. If you’re currently applying for jobs, you’re likely to face one or more psychometric tests. 90 per cent of big companies use them.

How you perform matters. Even if you wow a potential employer with a great first or second interview, the results can make or break your chances of getting hired.

Know the most common psychometric tests

Companies use pre-employment assessments to identify which candidates are most likely to perform well on the job, potentially saving time and cost in the recruitment process and decreasing employee turnover.

Skills tests verify whether a candidate has the skills they say they have and are specific to the job – for example a design challenge using Photoshop for graphic designers or a proof reading exam for editors. Aptitude tests are more general and evaluate an applicant’s ability to learn new skills and indicate how they may react to different situations once hired.

The most commonly used aptitude tests measure numerical, verbal and logical reasoning, though personality-based psychometric questionnaires are becoming increasingly popular and are used by companies you wouldn’t necessarily expect.

Employers may ask you to take a test – often delivered online at home – after you’ve made an initial application or may invite you to an assessment centre after a successful interview.

1) Use test publisher-based psychometric practice

Cut-e practice tests:

The best SHL practice tests to use are:

  1. Verbal Reasoning Test practice;
  2. Numerical Reasoning Test practice;
  3. Situational Judgement Test One practice and Two practice;
  4. Inductive Reasoning Test practice; and finally
  5. Deductive Reasoning Test practice

 

Use employer specific Test Practice

Architecture sample aptitude paper

Automotive assessment practice

BAE aptitude practice test,  assessment centre practice and interview advice.

BBA aptitude test sample

Deloitte assessments practice,  numerical reasoning test practice and critical reasoning test practice.

3) Use Aptitude Test Practice Books

In our opinion, the best are The Aptitude Test Workbook,  How to Pass Numerical Reasoning Tests and Ultimate Aptitude Tests. 

Brilliant Numerical Reasoning Tests: “We’ve not yet found a perfect book, but this is one we like to recommend. Most people will need to practice, and in our opinion, this book will give you the best chance of succeeding.”

Brilliant Verbal Reasoning Tests: We’ve not yet found a perfect book, but this is one we like to recommend. Most people will need to practice, and in our opinion, this book will give you the best chance of succeeding. Click to check it out. Everything You Need to Know to Pass Verbal Reasoning Tests

Fourth, See Our Psychometric Test Tips – Top Ten

  • Aim to complete those that are as close as possible to the actual test format that you are going to sit
  • If you know the name of the test you will be given then you can Google the name and then go to the test publisher Website
  • Most psychometric test publisher Websites offer practice questions
  • Familiarise Yourself With the Psychometric Test Format
  • Given the time pressure of sitting any timed psychometric test one of the most valuable things that you can do in advance is to familiarise yourself with the test format.
  • Reputable test publishers will send you some sample questions for you to practice in advance. Read the instruction and introduction sections carefully for each psychometric test you will take. This will aid your aptitude test practice considerably.
  • If you have any questions then contact the test publisher in advance. Or ask the administrator on the day. The most important thing is to do this before the test starts.

Again it sounds obvious but you cant take breaks once a test has started. Do you have enough time to complete it in one sitting, without being interrupted? Do you have everything that you need. for example, a calculator if you are taking an online numerical reasoning test.

There are several reasons why psychometric tests have proliferated over the past couple of decades. Key to this has been the standardized use of any psychometric test and the development of reliable and valid psychometric tests. Three of the basic tenets of Best practice in psychometric test use” are using:

i) The most suitable test;

ii) Standardized test results; and

iii) Standardized test administration procedures.

Psychometric Test tips Part One

  1. Pre-employment tests are used by many companies as a standard part of the recruitment process. If you’re currently applying for jobs, you’re likely to face one or more tests, measuring everything from verbal reasoning and numeracy to emotional intelligence.
  2. 90 per cent of big companies use skills and/or aptitude assessments, though the kind used will depends on the role and industry you’re applying for.
  3. How you perform matters. Even if you wow a potential employer with a great first or second interview, the results can make or break your chances of getting hired.
  4. Companies use pre-employment assessments to identify which candidates are most likely to perform well on the job, potentially saving time and cost in the recruitment process and decreasing employee turnover.
  5. Skills tests verify whether a candidate has the skills they say they have and are specific to the job – for example a design challenge using Photoshop for graphic designers or a proof reading exam for editors. Aptitude tests are more general and evaluate an applicant’s ability to learn new skills and indicate how they may react to different situations once hired.
  6. The most commonly used aptitude tests measure numerical, verbal and logical reasoning, though personality-based psychometric questionnaires are becoming increasingly popular and are used by companies you wouldn’t necessarily expect.
  7. Employers may ask you to take a test – often delivered online at home – after you’ve made an initial application or may invite you to an assessment centre after a successful interview.

Psychometric Test tips Part Two – Passing Numerical Reasoning Tests

  1. There aren’t any quick wins for being good at maths but some focussed practice will improve your score, as will following a few test-taking strategies.
  2. As a timed assessment, you need to average around one minute per question. Work briskly but accurately. Each question counts the same so pick off the easy ones first and don’t waste your test time on the most difficult questions.
  3. Numerical reasoning test practice is an excellent means of brushing-up on any maths functions you haven’t used in a while. Ensure that you are comfortable using data tables, interpreting graphs and manipulating large financial figures.
  4. You can practise the most common numerical test types at the main test publisher websites. Practise sample questions from Kenexa-IBM, TalentQ and SHL as these sites cover most of the tests you are likely to find.

Psychometric Test tips Part Three – Passing verbal reasoning test practice 

Verbal reasoning assessments come in many different types of format.

The traditional comprehension format is to have a short passage followed by a series of questions – asking about facts, opinions, and conclusions – based on its content, a bit like those English tests in primary school where you answered questions on a novel extract.

Regardless of the type of test, it’s vital to carefully read each question. Often questions hinge on one or two key words, so you must take more care to interpret these accurately. If questioned whether something “always” applies whilst the passage states that it is “sometimes” the case, then this is a false interpretation.

Scan the passage initially and then read it in more detail. It’s easier to answer each question if you can recall roughly where to find the answer in the text.

Psychometric Test tips Part Four – Passing abstract reasoning test practice

These ask you to look for the changing pattern(s) in the “pictures”.

The easier questions typically appear at the start of the assessment and will involve one change in colour, position, size etc .of the figures shown.

Questions become more difficult as you progress and must spot two or three changes in any of the features shown. Once you’ve worked out at least one of the feature changes, check through the answer options to discount those that do not conform.

Psychometric Test tips Part Five – Passing personality tests practice

When it comes to answering psychometric surveys that evaluate personality, the best advice is to give your “first response”.

Visualise how you would behave at work on a typical good day. Don’t second guess what is being looked for since “faking” and lying are easily picked up.